Regional Australia boasts spectacular scenery, ancient artworks and a totally different cultural experience compared to major city centres. If you’re seeking to get out of the big smoke and explore the heart of country Australia, here are five different types of holiday experiences you can have and where to find them.
1. Festivals And Fun
If you enjoy festivals, regional Australia will spoil you for choice. There is a staggering line-up of world-class events spanning the arts, culture, music, food, wine and sports. Along with the standard faves, Australia is also home to some unique and quirky festivals that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. For example, check out Chinchilla, Queensland for the ‘Melon Fest’. Held every two years, this is the largest melon festival in the world! Be sure to book well in advance, as hotels are limited and fill up quickly. The Kings Park Accommodation website can give you an idea of what’s available.
2. Country Towns
If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Australian culture, the ‘outback’ is where you’ll find it. Country towns are a great place to start as they are the heart and soul of regional and rural areas. They provide a meeting place for farmers, stockman and miners to come together – often from hundreds of kilometres away – to enjoy a beer or two, share a story and have a laugh.
Many towns often have fascinating histories and you can learn much about the pioneer days in Australia. Some towns also boast beautiful colonial architecture set against a stunning backdrop of expansive open spaces. Some of the oldest and most quaint towns to add to travel list include:
• Goolwa (South Australia)
• Launceston (Tasmania)
• Central Tilba (New South Wales)
• York (Western Australia)
• Port Fairy (Victoria)
• Cooktown (Queensland).
3. Arts And Culture
If the arts is your thing, regional Australia is home to some truly gifted artisans. Many regional art galleries offer pieces to rival their capital city counterparts. You will also have a great opportunity to meet artists and get a feel for the country around them that inspires them.
4. Grapes Glorious Grapes
Australia boasts some of the premium wine-growing regions and makers in the world. From crisp whites to full-bodied reds, you can experience the best the country has to offer in a number of regional areas. If you’re a wine connoisseur, be sure to get yourself to:
• Barossa Valley (South Australia)
• Margaret River (Western Australia)
• Yarra Valley (Victoria)
• Hunter Valley (New South Wales)
• Stanthorpe and Applethorpe (Queensland)
5. Secluded Beaches
With approximately 95% of the Australian population living in coastal areas, beaches are easily accessible and a key part of Aussie life. However, if you’re sick of crowded sand dunes and trying to find a car park, leave behind the Surfers Paradises and Bondis and head for less known and visited stretches of coastline.
For example, the beaches of Jervis Bay are phenomenally popular due to having the whitest sand in the world. However, not far away is a sleepy inlet town called Currarong. It’s the classic Australian beach town, with just one main road and a scattering of shops. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more relaxed vibe than here. In addition to offering a world-class beach, whales, dolphins and seals can often be seen from the top of the cliffs.
Regional Australia has so much to offers holidaymakers. As the primary agricultural areas for the country, regional cities and towns showcase some of Australia’s best produce. They also offer a feast for the eyes in terms of architecture, artwork and glorious scenery, as well as unforgettable cultural experiences.